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i. Mbarara – Kikagati – Murongo Bridge (74km).
ii. Mbarara Bypass (14 km).
55. Madam Speaker, a total of 626 km of national roads have completed designs for upgrade from gravel to tarmac. These are:-
i. Muyembe– Nakapiripirit, and Moroto – Kotido road (200km);
ii. Rwenkunye – Apac – Lira – Kitgum – Musingo road (230km);
iii. Hoima – Butiaba – Wanseko road (111km); and
iv. Kayunga – Galiraya road (85km).
56. In addition, the design for dualling of Kibuye-Busega – Mpigi (30km) and Kampala Northern Bypass (17km) has been completed. The design of Kampala – Jinja Expressway (80km) is being finalised.
57. Madam Speaker, in the next year, the construction of 1,363 Kms of the following ongoing roads projects will be accelerated:-
i. Atiak-Afogi (104km);
ii. Fort-Portal–Bundibugyo (103km);
iii. Nyakahita–Kazo (68k);
iv. Kazo–Kamwenge (75km);
v. Mbarara–Kikagati (74km);
vi. Malaba–Bugiri (82km);
vii. Tororo–Mbale (49km);
viii. Mbale–Soroti (103km);
ix. Jinja-Kamuli (58km);
x. Moroto-Nakapiripiriti (95km);
xi. Gulu–Atiak (74km);
xii. Vurra–Arua–Koboko –Oraba (95km);
xiii. Hoima–Kaiso–Tonya (85km);
xiv. Ishaka-Kagamba (35.4km);
xv. Kampala-Masaka Intermediate Sections (51km);
xvi. Rehabilitation of Mukono–Jinja (52km);
xvii. Mbarara–Ntungamo (59km);
xviii. Ntungamo-Kabale-Katuna (65km);
xix. Kayunga-Galiraya (88.5km); and
58. Madam Speaker, Government will also commence the construction of 837 km of the following new road projects:-
i. Atiak-Nimule (35km);
ii. Kyenjojo-Fort Portal (74km);
iii. Mbarara-Bypass (14km);
iv. Dualing of Kampala Northern Bypass (17.5km);
v. Masaka-Bukakata (41km);
vi. Kamwenge-Fort Portal (66km);
vii. Ntungamo-Mirama Hills (37km);
viii. Kigumba-Bulima-Kabwoya road (135km);
ix. Rehabilitation of Mukono-Kayunga-Njeru road (94km);
x. Rehabilitation of Kafu-Karuma road (88.5km);
xi. Rehabilitation of Kamudini-Gulu road (65km);
xii. Ishaka-Katunguru Road (56km);
xiii. Designing of Zirobwe-Wobulenzi road (23km); and
xiv. Design of Seeta-Kiira – Matugga – Wakiso / Najanankumbi – Busabala (64km).
59. Madam Speaker, I have also allocated funds for the clearance of outstanding payments for the following completed roads:-
i. Kabale – Kisoro – Bunagana/Kyanika (101km);
ii. Matugga-Semuto (41km);
iii. Kampala-Gayaza-Zirobwe (44km);
iv. Jinja-Bugiri (72km)-Retention;
v. Masaka-Mbarara (149.2km);
vi. Busega-Muduuma-Mityana (57km);
vii. Kawempe – Kafu (166km); and
viii. Kampala-Masaka, Package A (63km).
60. Madam Speaker. Government is also negotiating financing from the World Bank, African Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank to commence the upgrade of the following roads next year:-
61. Madam Speaker, the construction of some roads is behind schedule, as a result of delays by the contractors to mobilise machinery, land compensation, delayed environmental approval by NEMA and delayed completion of design reviews. This underscores
the need to improve procurement, contracting and implementation of Government projects. The affected projects include:
i. Mbarara – Katuna (124km);
ii. Tororo – Mbale (49km);
iii. Mbale – Soroti (102km);
iv. Vurra-Arua-Koboko-Oraba (92km);
v. Gulu- Atiak (74km);
vi. Ishaka–Kagamba (35.4km);
vii. Ntungamo–Mirama Hill (37kms);
viii. Moroto–Nakapiripiriti (93.3kms);
ix. Kampala-Entebbe Expressway (51km);
x. Atiaka-Nimule (33Km).
xi. Jinja – Mukono (52Kms).
62. Madam Speaker, I propose to allocate an additional Ushs 72.7bn to the Uganda Road Fund to enhance funding for national road maintenance. The total allocation in the Road Fund now amounts to Ushs 352.98bn. The Uganda Road Fund will fund routine maintenance of 22,500km of District and Town Council roads and 4,500km of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Municipal Roads as well as removal of bottlenecks on 30,000km of Community Access roads.
63. A further 1,670 km of paved roads and 9,000 km of unpaved roads will undergo routine maintenance by the Uganda National Roads Authority. An additional 750 km of unpaved roads will be re-graveled and the periodic maintenance of various bridges undertaken. District roads will also be maintained using recently
acquired road equipment at district road units. Furthermore, Independent Parallel Bid Evaluation that has contributed to the reduction in national road costs will be extended to national road maintenance to enhance value for money. Proposals to amend Road Fund Act will be tabled in Parliament next year to ensure adequate and timely provision of funds for road maintenance and rehabilitation, as this will increasingly require support given the large investments in road development.
64. Madam Speaker, with support from the World Bank, Government will next financial year commence the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the road network in 14 Municipalities across the country. These include Arua, Gulu, Lira, Moroto, Soroti, Mbale, Tororo, Jinja, Entebbe, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Fort Portal and Hoima. In addition, Kampala Capital City Authority will continue to be supported to improve the road network within the city and accelerate the programme for introduction of the Rapid Bus Transit System in order to decongest the city
65. Madam Speaker, over the last year the following progress was recorded in respect of bridge construction: a. Bridges Completed
i. Daca, Ore, Eventre and Uzungo on Wandi-Yumber road
ii. Apak bridge in Lira; and
iii. Bulyamusenyu Bridge;
iv. Construction of the Atiak – Moyo – Afoji (Bridges) bridges is at advanced stages and will be completed by July 2013;
66. Madam Speaker, during the forthcoming year, the following works on bridges will be undertaken:
i. Rehabilitation of the existing Nalubale Bridge and the construction of Second Nile Bridge is scheduled to commence;
ii. Construction of the Apak and Birara Bridges.
iii. Construction works of the Ntungwe and Mitaano Bridges (Kanungu).
iv. Complete construction of the Muzizi and Awoja bridges
v. Complete construction of seventeen (17) bridges in North and North Eastern Uganda including Olyanai, Obalanga, Alipa, Ajeliek, Ojanai, Opot, Akol, Airogo ( all in Kumi); Balla, Abalang, Agali and Enget (Lira); Kochi and Nyawa (Moyo), using funding from the Islamic Development Bank.
vi. Commence construction of Nyacyara, Goli, Nyagak, Enyau, Pakwara, Anyao and Alla bridges in West Nile.
67. Madam Speaker, I have also provided resources to re-construct the bridges destroyed by the recent floods in various parts of the country, such as the Mubuku and Kilembe bridges in Kasese district.
68. Madam Speaker, in the rail sub-sector, the implementation of the following interventions to revitalize railway transport will be accelerated next year:
i. Fast-tracking the rehabilitation of Tororo- Packwach and Kampala Kasese railway lines;
ii. Commence design of Gulu – Atiak – Nimule – Juba railway, to be constructed jointly by the governments of Uganda and South Sudan;
iii. Complete design of the Standard-Gauge Kampala–Malaba railway line (251km).
In-land Water Transport
69. Madam Speaker, Lake Victoria is central to Uganda’s overall economic objectives. The Lake is an essential factor is our regional integration strategy. Bordered by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania with river access to Rwanda and Burundi, it is home to over 30 million people living around its shores. It is a pivotal part of Uganda’s alternative (Southern route) for export and imports to and from Indian Ocean. Connecting us via Mwanza and then road or rail to Dar-es-salaam; or even to Kisumu Kenya and then to Nairobi and Mombasa by road or rail.
70. The development of water transport on Lake Victoria will enable the following objectives to be met:-
i. Ensure a strategic alternative route to the sea
ii. Facilitate transportation of agricultural produce
iii. Support Uganda’s geographic location to be inland distribution hub to Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and DRC
71. Revitalization of Lake Victoria by rebuilding port infrastructural and carrying out a definite navigational survey as well as environmental measures will enable the Lake to become a major waterway by facilitating and lowering the cost of transport to both domestic and regional destinations. Together with my four Colleagues from other EAC countries, we are seeking multilateral assistance for a regional integration development project with Lake Victoria at its centre. As a positive sign in support of the revitalization of the Southern route to the Indian Ocean through Dar es Salaam, the rehabilitation of the Marine Vessel Kaawa was completed during the year, and is operating between Port Bell and Mwanza.
72. Madam Speaker, during the year the Lwampanga – Namasale ferry was commissioned and the rehabilitation of the Laropi ferry is underway. The Kayunga (Kasana) and Mbulamuti (Bugobero) ferry is undergoing trials and the construction of landing sites is being completed. One of the two new Kalangala Infrastructure Services (KIS) ferries was launched; and the ferry previously used in this area will be refurbished and deployed to the Kiyindi – Buvuma crossing.
73. Madam Speaker, in the next year Government will continue to improve the inland water facilities by providing ferry services and constructing landing sites. The Obongi-Sinyanya and Kayunga-Mbulamuti ferries will be commissioned and construction of the New Kampala Port at Bukasa will commence. These interventions will
improve connectivity of various parts of the country and the entire East African region, and ultimately reduce transportation costs.
74. Madam Speaker, the 250 MW Bujagali Hydropower project was fully commissioned during the last financial year. In addition a number of small renewable hydropower projects delivering a total of 68.5 MW to the national grid have been commissioned. These include Buseruka (9MW), Nyagak I (3.5MW), Kisizi (0.26MW), Bugoye (13MW), Mpanga (18MW), and Ishasha (6.5MW).
75. The detailed feasibility study and engineering designs for the 188 MW Isimba Hydropower Project was completed, and arrangements for its financing are underway. With support from the Government of Japan, the pre-feasibility study for the 600MW Ayago Hydropower Project was completed and the detailed engineering designs are being prepared. The construction of the Karuma Hydropower Project (600MW) has faced procurement challenges, but will commence in next financial year. In addition, the Global Energy Transfer Feed-in-Tariff (GETFiT) East Africa Pilot Project was launched, and will support construction of a further 15 mini-hydropower projects that will deliver a total of 125MW over the next three years.
76. Madam Speaker, under the Rural Electrification schemes a total of 2,322 km were under construction. These include:
i. Mubende-Kyenjojo (156Km)
ii. Rakai-Isingiro; Lyantonde-Lumbugu;
Kaliro-Lwebitakuli; and Sembabule-Lwemiyaga (283 km)
iii. Kabale-Kisoro (166 km)
iv. Rwachikoko-Awere-Laloi( 58km)
v. Gulu-Adjumani-Moyo( 238km)
vi. Apala-Adwari-Kiru-Morulem (109km)
vii. Ibanda-Kazo (137 km)
viii. Soroti-Katakwi (96km)
ix. Ayer-Kamdini-Bobi (90km)
x. Ntenjeru and Environs (75km)
xi. Ruhiira Millenium Project (106 km)
xii. Nkonge-Kashozi (177 km)
xiii. Masindi-Waki-Buliisa (178km)
xiv. Gulu-Acholibur with Paicho-Patiko-Palaro tee-off (118km)
xv. Opeta-Achokora (58 km)
xvi. Wakiso/Mpigi/Mityana/Busuunju (43km)
xvii. Lwengo/Mbarara/Isingiro/Ibanda/Kiruhura (58km)
xviii. Bushenyi/Buhweju/Kasese/Kyenjojo (48 km)
xix. Rukungiri/Kanungu/Ntungamo/Kabale (78 km)
xx. Kasese District Rural electrification (28 km)
77. Consequently, a number of district headquarters were connected to the main grid. These include: Nakapiripit, Amudat, Kaberamaido, Dokolo, Amolatar, Ntoroko, Alebtong, Moroto, and Napak, Kiruhura, Kyegegwa and Katakwi.
78. Furthermore, the following community schemes have been under implementation:-
xxi. Kikubamitwe Village, in Luwero (3 km)
xxii. Rusekere Secondary School in Fortportal (0.6 km)
xxiii. Namazige-Kasenge in Mukono (1 km)
xxiv. Simba Farms in Ibanda (0.2km)
xxv. Cougar Industries Ltd in Mukono (0.6 km)
xxvi. Nine resettlement villages in Bujagali, Jinja (15.9 km)
xxvii. Omagoro Village in Kumi ( 1 km)
79. Commencing next financial year, the electricity utility distributor Umeme has been required to install [15,000] pre-paid meters in order to ensure increased efficiency in electricity use, and also reduce distribution system losses through further investment in the distribution network.
80. Madam Speaker, I have allocated an additional Ushs 25.73bn to the Rural Electrification Programme to facilitate the extension of electricity to the under-served areas of the country including the district headquarters.
Oil and Gas
81. Madam Speaker, during the last year the following legislation for prudent management of Uganda’s oil resources framework was passed by Parliament. This legislation includes the following:-
i. The Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Bill 2012
ii. The Petroleum (Refining, Gas Processing and Conversion, Transportation and Storage) Bill 2012
82. Madam Speaker, there is need to expedite the consideration of the Public Finance Bill 2012, still pending before Parliament, which contains the framework for management of petroleum revenues, among other reforms.
83. Madam Speaker, next year, the construction of the Kenya – Uganda and Uganda – Rwanda Oil pipelines using the Public Private Partnership arrangement will be fast tracked. I have also allocated an additional Ushs 3.0 billion to National Environment Management Authority to conduct the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Gas and Oil exploration and development in the Albertine region.
84. In order to promote mineral investment, a Geological and Mineral Information System (GMIS) to host geological and mineral data has been established. This will provide a one Stop Centre for all geological and mineral information country wide, which is now accessible to potential investors. In addition, a computerized mining registry will expedite mineral licensing, the timely generation of revenues and provide transparency and accountability in the management of mineral rights.
85. In the forthcoming year and the medium term, Government will undertake the following interventions to enhance mineral development:-
i. Promote optimal use of minerals and mineral trade for social improvement of the people.
ii. Provide technical services in the field of geosciences to guide national planning and development.
iii. Ensure best mining practices and accountability.
iv. Promote mineral value addition and trade to increase revenues.
v. Gazette geo-sites and geo-parks; and
vi. Complete preparation of an earthquake administration policy, and an earthquake disaster management plan
ICT, Science and Technology
86. Madam Speaker, during the year, Government completed the readiness for commercialization of the first two phases of the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) that enables access to the information superhighway by telecommunication companies and public institutions connected to the Infrastructure. The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Centre has continued operations, providing 100 jobs during the year, and an additional 150 jobs will be added next financial year.
87. The e-Government Master Plan was developed in collaboration with Government of Korea. The plan provides priority Information Technology projects for implementation, so as to improve service delivery. Cabinet also approved the strategy for the rationalization of IT initiatives and services in government so that IT programmes in Government in across government can reduce implementation costs.
During the year, regulations for Cyber Laws have been approved and their enforcement will commence next financial year.
88. Madam Speaker, innovations in Information and Communication Technology, Science and Technology are no longer an option in today’s global competitive economic environment. Science and Technology has been a major factor behind the success of the world’s fastest growing economies in South East Asia and Latin America. Unprecedented developments in Information and Communication Technology have permitted the growth of products and services with a significant increase on factor productivity and firm profitability.
89. Madam Speaker, in the next year, Government will continue to support Scientific and Technological innovation to drive value addition, increase our competitiveness in the global market and create employment among other benefits. The National Backbone Infrastructure will deliver bulk Internet bandwidth to connected Government at a cheaper cost and Information Technology (IT) service use will be mainstreamed across Government to avoid duplication and minimize cost. This will also improve Information Security, and reduce incidences of electronic fraud. The 700km third phase of the re-designed National Backbone Infrastructure will be implemented. This will provide connectivity to the Rwanda-backbone through Katuna; and the Tanzania-backbone through Mutukula, hence allowing alternative access to the coastal internet submarine cable.
90. Digital Television transmission will be implemented and Cyber laws operationalized. Government shall also develop and disseminate Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations standards; and setting up Information Technology Parks to host BPOs and related ICT service companies Government will establish fully serviced Industrial and Information Technology (IT) parks in various regions of the country over the medium term.
B. AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND PRODUCTIVITY
91. Madam Speaker, agriculture continues to play a critical part of our economy. The sector employs about 66 per cent of Uganda’s total labour force, and the vast majority of our population and directly and indirectly depend on it. It not only generates incomes and a livelihood for the majority of Ugandans, but has a great potential to transform the economy.
92. Agriculture is a private sector activity, for which Government will continue to provide support towards its further development in research, seed multiplication and certification, and disease control. Other key interventions relate to provision of extension services and support for agro-processing to agricultural produce. This will be done with an emphasis on rolling out the Commodity Based Approach that focuses on Ten (10) key food security and household income commodities. The commodities are maize, beans, coffee, market fruits and vegetables, rice, bananas, fish, dairy and beef cattle.
93. Madam Speaker, during the year, Over 35,000 farmers directly benefited from provision of improved maize seed, in addition to accessing inputs such as fertilizers, under the commodity approach. Furthermore, a total of 13,486 kg of foundation seed for Arabica coffee, beans, maize and rice, were distributed to seed companies and farmer groups. The rehabilitation of all the three irrigation scheme of Mubuku, Doho and Agoro is also substantially complete.
94. Next year, Government will reform the National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAADs) to create a single spine Extension system aligned to the relevant Directorates in the Ministry of Agriculture. NAADS will also develop a rural agri-business initiative to disseminate knowledge on how to promote profitable agriculture enterprises across the country.
95. In an effort to increase the availability of improved seed for farmers, Government has adopted a concerted approach to ensuring the availability of improved seed varieties and animal breeds. Building on successes in improved seed varieties and breeds by the research organisations, improved seed and breeds will be multiplied and distributed extensively across the country. The multiplication of improved seed will be implemented with the coordination between the ministries of Agriculture, Local Government and Finance, together with the Uganda Prisons Service.
96. Furthermore, on-going efforts to rehabilitate large scale irrigation schemes and promotion of small scale and affordable irrigation technology will be accelerated. The rehabilitation of the Olweny, scheme will commence next year, together with 33 schemes in other districts. Feasibility studies are planned for the rehabilitation of Atera, Labori, Odina and Kiige irrigation schemes. This will reduce excessive reliance on natural weather for agricultural production.
97. Madam Speaker, I have allocated Ushs 394.4bn to the Agricultural Sector next year. I have also provided an additional Ushs 9.2bn to strengthen Fisheries Department in enforcing fishing regulations and standards.
C. TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
98. Madam Speaker, in order to improve accessibility to tourist sites, road access to Kidepo Valley National Park is under maintenance and works on the Ishasha – Katunguru road have commenced. Contractors for the Kisoro-Mgahinga, Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi and Kabwoya – Kyenjojo roads are being procured.
99. In order to enhance hospitality standards, 20 East African Community accredited hotel assessors were trained and the inspection of hotels accommodation was completed and their Grading and Classification will be undertaken next financial year. 182 students were enrolled at the Hotel Training Institute at Jinja, and a further 390 students graduated in May 2013.
100. In support of domestic tourism, two multi-stakeholder platforms in the Kigezi and Busoga regions were launched to spearhead the identification of local tourist products and their development. Government will continue to support tourist platforms as vehicles for promoting domestic cultural and other product development in related.
101. Madam Speaker, the key constraints to Uganda’s tourism include poor physical connectivity to tourist sites, inadequate tourist information, low levels of ICT provision of tourist services, inadequate specialised human resources for the hospitality industry and our low investment in building and marketing the country as a tourism brand.
102. Next financial year, Government will continue to provide the necessary facilities and establish a conducive investment climate for tourism development through the following interventions:
i. Develop a comprehensive Tourism Sector Development Action Plan;
ii. Continue supporting the hotel, tour and guide businesses to provide world-class hospitality business;
iii. Support skills training of critical tourism sector human resources including the re-construction of the Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute at Jinja;
D. INCREASING SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY
103. Madam Speaker, social welfare indicators such as literacy, safe water coverage, and the reduction in infant and maternal mortality rates, depict progress of society’s well-being and human development.
104. Madam Speaker, during the year, Government enhanced salaries for Primary School Teachers by 15%, and 30% for Science Teachers in Post Primary Education and Training Institutions. In an effort to reduce teacher absenteeism, the percentage of teachers at task improved from 60% in 2011 to 77% in 2012. In addition, head teachers at task improved from 63% in 2011 to 70% in 2012.
105. Madam Speaker I have allocated over UShs 1,801 bn, representing 13.3 per cent of the total budget to the education sector to impart the necessary skills and knowledge required to tap the creative abilities of individuals, in order for them to lead a better life and enhance society’s wellbeing. The following interventions will be undertaken in the Education Sector to increase access to quality and appropriate education:-
i. Accelerate Government investment in vocational and business training including supporting the Private sector to provide the youth with the requisite skills for job creation.
ii. Forge a strong relationship between education institutions and private companies to design and provide appropriate training programmes in line with the needs of the labour market.
iii. Provide adequate infrastructure, in-service teacher training, strengthened supervision, through a diversified mix of housing,
training and professional development and a clear career structure through the scheme of service at all levels to improve the quality of teaching and learning;
iv. Promote science and technical education through provision of incentives for science, mathematics, technical and vocational education, supporting science and research development, encourage the private sector to support science education and equipping schools with science laboratories;
v. Bridge the gender gap in access to education by creating girl friendly school environment such as separate sanitary facilities, and non-tolerance to sexual harassment among others;
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